Volunteers Help to Count The Homeless

by WHIZ Reporter on January 25, 2012 at 4:57 am

The Muskingum County Continuum of Care along with local volunteers take to the streets to count the homeless in the county.

The count is required each year by the U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Tuesday night, volunteers from around the area went in search of the homeless, and provided them with food and other supplies.

Co-chair of the project, Theresa Antal said along with the number of homeless people in the county rising, the support from the community has increased as well.

"This is hard work walking the streets after the sun goes down, the winds getting colder, and temperatures are dropping, it’s just very heartwarming to see everybody out here, I’m very pleased with the turnout, and hopefully we can continue this," said Antal

Volunteers were trained last weekend on how to interact with the homeless.
First-year volunteer, Joseph Goldsmith said he’s hoping his group will be able to make a difference in someone’s life.

"It feels good to try to give back and help. It’s a horrible idea that there’s people out there in this cold weather sleeping outside, and doesn’t have a place to go. I just want to help; hopefully groups can do something for them, and find a place for them to go," said Goldsmith. 

Last year they counted 47 homeless people living in shelters in the county, and 17 people living on the streets.